Inquiry Lives Here

GREG NEIL, Inquiry Portfolio Leader/Grade 9 Teacher Visit this post on our new website At Connect Charter School, inquiry-based learning doesn’t stop when the lunch bell rings. John Cadman, a Grade 4 Math/Science Teacher, recently started a lunch club called the Nerf Mod Club. This club provides students in Grades 4 and 5 the opportunity to explore a number of scientific and mathematical principles, all embedded within the joyful act of firing a Nerf projectile. As Mr. Cadman explains, the goal of the club is to modify the student’s own Nerf blasters to either fire faster or more accurately.In this … Continue reading Inquiry Lives Here

FreshGrade: Commendations, Recommendations & Limitations

(continued from earlier posts Deirdre’s Reflections, Kevin’s Reflection,  the introduction to our action research, emphasizing student autonomy) -by Deirdre Bailey and Kevin Sonico A major advantage of the FreshGrade tool that has been touched on briefly above but merits further discussion was … Continue reading FreshGrade: Commendations, Recommendations & Limitations

Inquiry Lives Here – A Video Series

Over the course of this school year, my role as Curriculum Portfolio Leader has allowed me to witness a wide array of strong Inquiry-based instruction happening here at Connect Charter School. I have been fortunate that our teachers have shared the accomplishments of our students with me and I have enjoyed translating this success into a series of videos that brings focus to the work we do here. The videos are available on the school’s YouTube Channel, but here is a convenient list of the videos that are currently available for viewing. I look forward to continuing this series over … Continue reading Inquiry Lives Here – A Video Series

Inquiry Lives Here

As Curriculum Portfolio Leader, I have the pleasure of working with our teaching staff to support the design, implementation, and assessment of various learning activities.  I derive pleasure from helping teachers tell the story of their work through the production of videos that showcase the elements of their work that help to deepen the understanding of their students. To this end, I have created a series of videos centered around the theme that “Inquiry Lives Here”.  The staff at Connect strongly believes there is incredible value and benefit in sharing what we do with the world outside our walls.  Please view … Continue reading Inquiry Lives Here